Whites and the Brown conversation

I’m writing from a cafe with wifi now which is closing soon, but I suppose that’s a good thing. Today I don’t have much to say in light of everything going on in this country related to the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, MO and the verdict not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who shot him. So much has been said, so many angry and sorrowful and uplifting images shared, so many powerful moments yet to come.


A quick comparison: Fox News published a quick summary of its version of the events of August 9th, 2014, in which Wilson told his side of the story and said there was “no way” Brown’s hands were in the air and that his conscience was clear. Case closed, right?

A different version came out today in U.S. News and World Report to detail the myriad mishandlings of the case put before the grand jury in Ferguson, not the least of which included the prosecutor’s poor management of evidence and procedure, as well as his possible bias due to his own (White) police officer father having been killed by a (Black) man 50 years prior.

My only thought here is: Fox, you’re wrong. The case is not closed, even if Wilson and you and other nervous White conservatives want it to be. The Brown conversation will continue, and we will all be a part of it, whether you like it or not.


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